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Jordan: Protests possible in Amman January 10 /update 12

Anti-government protests possible in Amman January 10; heightened security presence expected

09 Jan 09:56 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 1/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/16/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Amman). COUNTRY/REGION Amman
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Event

Protests are possible in Amman on Thursday, January 10, to denounce a recently passed income tax law and other IMF-backed government reforms. Demonstrators are expected to rally near Fourth Circle and police cordons are possible in the vicinity of the gathering. Similar protests are to be expected in the capital over the coming weeks. Associated transportation disruptions, along with heightened security measures, are expected in the vicinity of any demonstration. Clashes between protesters and police forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Protests have been held every Thursday since December 13 to denounce IMF-backed austerity measures, a cybercrime law, and current economic and political policies. Critics have claimed that the IMF-backed austerity measures, including a recently passed income tax law, will exacerbate economic inequality in Jordan and disproportionately impact the lower and middle classes. Security forces clashed with protesters during previous protests, using tear gas to disperse crowds, although organizers have indicated demonstrations will continue until the new legislative measures and reforms are reversed. 

Advice

Individuals in Jordan, particularly those in Amman, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. 

 

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